“I see my body as an instrument rather than an ornament.”
Motherhood is not without cost and, while I don't see this as an excuse to "let go of myself", it is very freeing. It's freeing to be okay with what my body is (and isn't). This body that I get frustrated with and would sometimes like to trade in for a thinner, more perfect version, is the same body that gave me four beautiful children.
Kelly also includes this excerpt from Loving the Little Years by author Rachel Jankovic:
“Our bodies are tools, not treasures. You should not spend your days trying to preserve your body in its eighteen-year-old form. Let it be used. By the time you die, you want to have a very dinged and dinted body. Motherhood uses your body in the way that God designed it to be used. Those are the right kind of damages…We are not to treat our bodies like museum pieces. They were not given to us to preserve, they were given to us to use. So use it cheerfully, and maintain it cheerfully. You want to fix your body up in order to be able to use it some more. We should not be trying to fix it up to put it back on the shelf out of harm’s way or to try to make ourselves look like nothing every happened. Your body is a tool. Use it.”
So I say -
Watch what you eat.......so long as you don't miss out licking the cookie dough off the beaters with your 7 year old.
Excercise....so long as you don't forget that playing chase with your preschoolers is far more beneficial.
Weigh yourself....so long as your little girl doesn't doubt her own beauty when she looks at her perfect little round belly.
Show your outward beauty....so long as your son sees your inward beauty more.
Look in the mirror....so long as you remember that your husband doesn't see those flaws when he's looking at you.
Work to be healthy and fit....so long as your aim in life remains solely on Kingdom purposes. Let Christ ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. (Matthew 3:11)